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Six seconds of pleasure: Vine’s porn problem

Six seconds of pleasure: Vine’s porn problem

 

Twitter's new video clip sharing service, Vine, is already prompting controversy with a proliferation of pornography, potentially putting the new social network at risk from more prurient app store masters. Launched last week as a way to easily create and share brief, looping video clips, Vine has unsurprisingly been quickly adopted by users distributing snippets of sex, either DIY or pieced together from commercial releases.

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Apple pulls 500px apps due to nude photo search and pornography allegations

Apple pulls 500px apps due to nude photo search and pornography allegations

Apple has stricken 500px's apps from the App Store because it facilitates nude image searches. The move is reported to have taken place early this morning in spite of the fact that the app defaults to a search mode that excludes nude images, requiring the user to make specific changes in order to find them. 500px has adjusted the app to try to please Apple as a result.

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Apple receives petition to ban the NRA’s Practice Range app

Apple receives petition to ban the NRA’s Practice Range app

The NRA's Practice Range app has caused more than its fair share of controversy, with critics claiming that it is both inappropriate and insensitive. Originally, the game was rated for ages four and up, something that likewise stoked the embers into a flame of outrage and prompted a change to ages 12 and up. Now Apple has received a petition that seeks to have the game banned.

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Temple Run 2 reaches #1 in less than 12 hours

Temple Run 2 reaches #1 in less than 12 hours

It's now just about half a day since the follow-up to one of the most popular free games in the history of mobile devices has been released, and Temple Run 2 is already at the very top of the charts in the iTunes App Store. While it's not quite there yet in the Top Grossing category, it's right in at first place in the list of free apps on the market right this minute. That's beating out Google Maps, Ruzzle, and Angry Birds RIO (newly free as of today).

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ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

In a mix of user interface usage, number crunching, and good ol' analytics, the group known as ABI Research has revealed that Apple's App Store has their top score in the mobile application storefronts category here at the start of 2013. The report they've released ranks stores based on both implementation and innovation with Apple winning the overall combined score over both the Google Play app store and Microsoft's Windows Store, Google's working for Android and Microsoft's working for Windows Phone devices.

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Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

In the month of March 2011, Apple made a move to take out Amazon's "Appstore" because the name too closely resembled their own "App Store". This case has been dismissed this week. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California spoke up this week in favor of Amazon's request to end the case (or toss it, if you prefer), in favor of the idea that Amazon's offering showed no realistically similar overall appearance when compared to Apple's store full of apps. Basically this means that Amazon will have to pay no penalty and that their name "Amazon Appstore" may remain for the duration.

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